[DIY] Build your own computer

Why should I build my own PC instead of buying one in a store?

First, you can improve your knowledge in computer. Building a PC doesn’t mean you buy all the components and put them together. It is not that simple!!! You must understand the compatibility between them to get the best performance with lowest price.

Second, you can customize everything in your own PC. If you buy a PC from store, maybe you also have options to change some parts, but not all.

Third, you can challenge yourself with building task. Buying all parts, putting them into PC case, everything looks good ^^ Power on and …. nothing happens!! How do you feel, if you were in this case? 😀

Fourth, fifth, etc…. There are still many reasons why you should “do it yourself” 😉

And last but not least, it is not Dell, Acer, Sony,… PC, it is YOUR computer!

Building your own PC is fun ^^

But you will not have warranty and support for your complete system, you should think carefully about this!!!

Ready? Here we go.

Shopping – choose and buy your PCs parts

This task always takes much time (and also, much money :D). Collecting information is very important. Google, IT forums, computer stores, …. are some good places to begin. If you have no idea, choose any complete PC at your price range as reference, it is very helpful not only to have the basic knowledge but also to compare them later.

Here is the must-have list:

Mainboard
CPU
Memory
Hard disk driver (HDD)
Case and power supply
and of cause, keyboard, mouse and monitor

And optional parts:

Graphic card (in case of the mainboard doesn’t have integrated GPU, or you want more power)
DVD/Blu-ray driver (note: almost devices nowadays come with a driver CD)
WiFi card

Below is my choices with budget of ~1.000,-€

Mainboard – MSI Z77A-G45

Mainboard – Based on Intel® Z77 Chipset with Military Class III components

Mainboard – 2xPCIe gen 3, 1xPCIe gen 2 with SLI and CrossFire tecnology & 2xSATAIII

CPU – Intel® Core™ i7-3770 Prozessor, 3.4GHz Quad-Core “Ivy Bridge”

CPU cooler – noctua NH-U9B SE2

CPU cooler – noctua NH-U9B SE2

Memory – Corsair XMS3 4*4gb DDR3 PC-16000

Samsung Solid State Drives (SSD) 830 Serie

Graphic card – ASUS EAH6870 DC/2DI2S/1GD5

Graphic card – 20% cooler with exclusive DirectCU thermal solution

Graphic card – I/O Ports: 2xDVI & 2xHDMI

Case – CoolerMaster Silencio 550 Midi tower

Case – built in Super Speed USB 3.0, a multifunction SD card reader, 3.5″ X-dock HDD hotswap, and 2.5″/SSD Drive Bay

Power supply – CoolerMaster GX650 650 Watt

Next step: Building

Mainboard and power supply in PC case

CPU on mainboard

CPU cooler

Memory

SSD

… and everything here

Check all the cables, if everything is ok, connect to monitor, keyboard, mouse and turn it on (and hope that it can boot correctly :-P)

Enter CMOS setup to change boot order and install your OS.

Welcome to your new PC 😉

(scoring with Windows 7 Pro)

(scoring with Windows 8 Pro)

[TnV]

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